Dorothy Days life among the poor and her witness for peace are widely known. Those familiar with that story know the crucial role she assigned to Peter Maurin, the French peasant who inspired her to found the Catholic Worker. Yet Maurins life and thinking have remained in the shadows. To convey a fuller sense of his story Day began this biography of Maurin in the 1940s but it remained unpublished until now. Day provides the most complete and intimate portrait of the man she called “an Apostle to the world.” Maurin emerges as a true saint and prophet who offers an instructive and healing challenge for our time.
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Recently the Vatican named her “Servant of God,” the first step in the process of canonization.